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In June of 2013 the Supreme Court struck down key elements of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). How this will affect the outcome of the 2016 election is something to consider since this will be the first election since 1965 without its' protection.

For all practical purposes, depending on the state, Jim Crow style laws can be legal again and, if strategically used, may affect the outcome of this election.

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Interactive Map: States with new voter restrictions.

In Election 2000 G. W. Bush won by a mere 537 votes in Florida. That gave him that State's 29 Electoral votes and enough to win the Presidency.

Of course 57,746, mostly African-American, Florida voters were erroneously listed as felons and could not vote. That would have been more than enough to change the outcome of the Florida count and the nation's . By a small coincidence Florida's Governor at that time was, Jeb Bush, the brother of George W Bush.

Donald Trump's declaration that he may not accept the 2016 election results unless he wins has whipped the media up into a frenzy. Pundits and politicians of all stripes have called it un-American and disrespectful as the loser is expected to concede to defeat.

Should the tables be turned and it is Clinton that loses, even under dubious circumstances, then it will be she who would be expected to throw in the towel and the media will be left to eat crow. (no pun intended).

The Washington Post reported that in 1927 Donald's father, "Fred Trump", was arrested in a violent Klu Klux Klan riot defending racism.

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In 1973 the Justice Department sued both Fred and Donald Trump for discriminating against black tenants. Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, in keeping with a family tradition, has been known to retweet admiringly of White Supremacists on Twitter.

Donald's supporters in the KKK and other like minded organizations may do all they can to insure that Jim Crow is resurrected in as many manifestations as possible. The Don's dire warnings of voter fraud and his calling on Trump's Chumps to guard polling places will almost certainly intimidate many legitimate voters on November 8th. Vigilantism is key to Fascism.

The recent changes in the VRA have made minority voters once again vulnerable and while those changes do not, in themselves, mean minority voters will be disenfranchised the danger is there and ready to be exploited.

As we have seen in election 2000 a little selective manipulation can change the outcome for the entire nation.

Posted Oct 24, 2016

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